Home Based Childcare

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare

A suitable Level 3 qualification that prepares learners who wish to be employed in home based childcare settings.

trustpilot rating
Rated 4.7/5 | 1,393 reviews
Trustpilot logo
Enrol today
  • Overview
  • What you'll learn
  • Extra info
  • FAQs

Are you ready to change your world?

Due to high capacity this course is temporarily unavailable until January 2023.

We sincerely apologise for this inconvenience. We’ve experienced a high level of interest this year. We hope you will consider joining us next January!

Our learning advisers are available to answer any queries you may have:

 

 

 

 

 

Get immediate notification for next enrolment

To get on our waiting list or speak to our learning advisers about the course please get in touch with any queries you may have.

Learn from anywhere

Have complete control over the pace and style of your learning needs. Choose to study from your phone, laptop, or tablet, 24/7. Online Learning has never been so simple, or so much fun!

Join a growing community

Online but not alone. Join our growing community of Oxbridge students! Benefit from insider tips and tricks to suit your learning style whilst interacting and engaging with your fellow peers. Don’t forget to also connect with our college’s socials.

Ease yourself into sucess

Whatever your starting point, we believe in empowering our students with complete flexibility and expert guidance at their fingertips. Take learning into your own hands with courses designed around you and achieve your potential with Oxbridge.

There are many ways to pay for your course with Oxbridge:

  • Credit / Debit Card
  • PayPal
  • Pay Monthly - interest free options available*. T&Cs apply.
What\'s the difference graphic

All Oxbridge home learning courses are delivered to a high-quality standard with full access to course materials. If you prefer a printed copy of your course material, choose our print option. Note: extra charges will apply.

What you get Online Print
My oxbridge - access to online portal
Unlimited Tutor Support
Course material - online
Course material - printed copy

Overview

Not only is a career in childminding wonderfully fulfilling, it also allows you the ultimate freedom to work flexibly and earn an income from home without sacrificing a thing. As you watch children learn and grow, you’ll have all the fun of creating a stimulating, engaging childcare environment in which you can create precious memories they’ll cherish. If that sounds good to you, then our NCFE CACHE accredited home-based childcare qualification is ideal – best of all, there’s no work placement involved, and you can complete the entire course through distance learning.

This Ofsted-approved home-based childcare course will prepare you for a fulfilling career as a childminder, nanny, or au pair.

Developed in collaboration with the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY), on this course, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of child development. You’ll discover how to promote well-being and contribute to a child’s education through play and routine, as well as gain essential knowledge of safeguarding and childcare legislation. Additionally, you’ll learn how to comply with taxation requirements, create a strong business plan, as well as register with the appropriate regulatory body.

What you'll learn

Unit 1 - Preparing to work as a home based childcarer

In unit one, you’ll gain the knowledge required to work with children in a home-based childcare setting. You’ll learn about current legislation, building a safe environment, and how to safeguard children. You’ll also look at equality and diversity, how day-to-day routines promote well-being, and working in partnership to support children. Finally, gain an understanding of learning behaviours, the value of play, and the role of observation in the childhood development.

Unit 2 - Preparing to set up a home based childcare business

This unit will prepare you to set up your own home-based childcare business. You’ll gain insight into leading and managing a home-based care setting, learn how to comply with financial and taxation requirements, and create a strong business plan. Finally, you’ll learn how to register with the appropriate regulatory body.

Extra info

Awarding Body

CACHE logo

CACHE stands for the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, and are the leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector.

Click here to confirm it's real with OfQual.

Course Outcome

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive the following qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare. This means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to Level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

NCFE CACHE has been developing courses in the childcare, education and healthcare sectors since 1945 and is one of the most reputable awarding bodies for qualifications in the UK and overseas. Practitioners working in these areas are much more employable, having gained NCFE CACHE certification and many employers specifically ask for their qualifications when taking on members of staff.

This qualification is suitable for learners that wish to work as:

  • Registered Childminders
  • Childminding Assistants
  • Babysitters
  • Nannies
  • Au Pairs
  • Other childcarers in home-based settings

Further learning: Although it does not provide direct progression, the subjects covered in this Award make a useful introduction to our Early Years Educator qualifications.

A paediatric first aid qualification is also a requirement of registration for any childminder. Learners may wish to consider the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid.

How is this course assessed or examined?

There will be self-assessment questions and tutor-marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.

The assessment methods of this course require a portfolio of evidence. This qualification is internally assessed and externally quality assured.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English. There is a minimum study age of 16.

FAQs

Searching now...

Sorry there are no results for your query, please contact us below.

Can I sign up for a Student Beans account and get Student Discounts?

Yes! One of the many benefits of being an Oxbridge student is that you get access to great discounts with a Student Beans account! Eligibility criteria apply and acceptance is made at the discretion of Student Beans. Find out how to sign up.

Why study a Childcare course online with Oxbridge?

In addition to all of the benefits mentioned above, we have a much higher-than-average pass rate, 20% higher to be precise, which we believe is down to our excellent tutors and learning materials, including videos, e-books and quizzes.

It’s our mission to make childcare training fun and exciting, the way it always should have been. But, sadly, that’s not the experience many of our students have had with traditional education.

From early years practitioners to SEN specialists, our courses can help you follow your passion. So take a look through our courses, and if you struggle to pick, ask our learning advisers for their input.

What qualifications do I need to work in a nursery?

No official qualifications are required in order to work as a nursery assistant. However, getting qualified will help you stand out from other candidates, and help you progress in your nursery career.

What are the benefits of studying your Childcare courses from home?

By studying childcare from home, you take away the strain of having to travel to a particular place at a specific time and learn at a pace that’s dictated by your entire class.

So whether you’re an early riser or concentrate better late at night, you’re in complete control of your study schedule and can spend as much or as little time as you need on each unit; that’s why so many of our students complete their courses much sooner than anticipated.

Additionally, you can reap the advantages of one-on-one time with your personal tutor; whether you need help or advice, they are fully qualified in the sector you’re hoping to work in. All of our tutors love seeing their students succeed; it’s not just a job to them; they genuinely are rooting for you.

Do you need Maths and English for Childcare Level 3?

The entry requirements for a career in childcare will vary depending on your role and responsibilities. With that said, employers will likely expect candidates to hold a maths and English qualification at GCSE level as a minimum requirement.

If you don’t currently have these, don’t worry. We recommend that you get in touch with our learning advisors for support and advice. Alternatively, it’s never too late to achieve fantastic GCSE grades through an online course.

Why study Childcare courses online?

You’re never too old to discover your passion and change your life. The beauty of opting for an online childcare course is that you don’t have to turn your entire world upside down.

Online courses offer flexibility that traditional establishments just can’t. You don’t need to quit your job or sacrifice your other commitments and responsibilities. We will work with you to make sure you succeed.

Courses Taught by Experts

Laura

Health care

For 10+ years, my passion for helping learners develop and grow has driven my career as a teacher. To help me progress even further, I am currently studying to achieve the IQA award. I love reading and I’m a self-professed Harry Potter fan. Talk to me about all things history, rock music, tattoos and true crime podcasts. 

Laura, tutor

Penny

STEM and History of Art

Marine biology, jellyfish conservationist, hairdresser, fitness instructor… I have an eclectic backstory! Art is my passion and one of my proudest moments was achieving my Masters in Fine Art. I then requalified as an Art teacher to share my knowledge with my students. For most of my career, I’ve supported vulnerable students with additional needs such as SEMH and SEN.

penny-tc_compressed

Sarah

Education and Childcare

My 30-year stride in education started with childminding, to working with pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. I then tutored in a national reading programme and went on to become a Higher-Level TA. I’m elated to say I graduated with a First-Class BA Honours Degree when I was 50 – living proof that it’s never too late to chase your dreams!

Sarah

Kelly

Counselling and Psychology

I always knew that a career focused around helping people achieve their goals was perfect for me. That’s why I became a tutor. I love to see my student’s confidence flourish as they progress through their courses. It’s important to help them fit their learning goals around their personal commitments so they have the best chance of success! 

Kelly, tutor

Faye

Early Years

Beginning my career as an early years practitioner inspired me to step into the world of teaching. I have since elevated my skillset through a range of qualifications including L3 in Assessing Vocational Achievement, L3 in Education & Training and L4 in Internal Quality Assurance. I’m a big kid at heart; I love Disney movies and also dabble in photography.  

faye-h_compressed
MS
A dream come true
trustpilot rating
I have always wanted to be a teacher but time got away with me and I found that I was 32 before I knew it, had 2 children, and not enough job security or finance to give up my work and go to college, not to mention not having the time. Oxbridge made this possible for me. It has taken 17 months for me to complete my course but I am so pleased with that as it isn’t easy studying, working and being a mum. The course was very thorough and at times I thought my tutor was needing to much from me – but she stood me in good stead for passing the course so I am really grateful for all she did. I am now a few steps closer to achieving my goal. The site is very easy to navigate around which is one of the reasons I chose Oxbridge. I enrolled online and the process was very smooth, I opted to pay in instalments, that was sorted out very quickly and within 24 hours I had my logins to the course I had chosen. The online portal was good, I was worried about this as I am a visual person, but it was interactive, colourful, and not just reems of text on paper or a screen, which is something else I was worried about! I have just received my certificate Hurray! I am sorry about calling I know you got them to me as quickly as possible and I am very thankful to Heather and Katie for keeping me informed and not losing patience with me and for sending the certificate to me so swiftly in such a difficult time. Very efficient, always quick to respond and an absolute pleasure to deal with such lovely people throughout. Thank you for all your help and support, it has been a very positive experience and I would most definitely recommend.
trustpilot profile image
Level 2 Functional Skills in English
trustpilot rating
Level 2 Functional Skills in English - I would like to share my experiences regarding the course and the support offered by Oxbridge Home learning College. From the beginning of the course, I must admit that I felt supported by my teacher, and I was given tips about my progress and mistakes made during the test exams. These tips helped me not only to improve my communication but also to gain the qualifications needed to get to the desired studies. I would especially like to thank Sarah Peak, Examination Officer, for her persistence and help in waiting for delayed exam results this year due to changes in the condition of new papers. She constantly replays my emails straight away and supports me in any circumstances.
LS
from the very first call Oxbridge looked after me
trustpilot rating
I was really nervous about re-entering the world of learning, it had been a while and i was secure in my job but ultimately unhappy and felt i could do more. I had read lots of mixed reviews from lots of college and wasnt really sure of what to do, or what was eve the right course for me. All i want to say is that i really need not have been worried, right from the very first call Oxbridge looked after me, they gave me lots of finance options and i picked the one most suited to me. The course was explained in detail and the information was then sent to me so i could read it at my leisure. I asked for a call back and this happened on time (i work shifts so it needed to be at a convenient time) i wasnt bombarded wth calls like i was from a couple of other colleges. I had a few questions and these were anwered clearly and consisely, there was no pressure which was lovely. I enrolled, received my logins that day with clear instructions on what to do next, admittedly i didnt start straight away but i completed the course with the help of my tutors Carol and Sarah in less than 8 Months i rrally am delighted! My support was more than good, it was excellent, my questions were answered promptly and never with judgement, no matter how silly they may have been. My feedback was thorough and constructive and made me aware of areas i needed to improve upon, and using the online system improved my IT skills too. I also recently enrolled on their jobready package, this has really helped with re-writing my CV, with my new qualification and provided me with some really good interview knowledge and this package was free!! Oxbridge helped me to stay motivated, they helped me get the qualification i needed and wanted, the service was excellent from start to finish and the added extras throughout were so helpful. Thank you so much for all you have done for me and my family (we love our mugs too) I have just erolled on another course and i am very excited to start this to add to my portfolio of new qualifications. To anyone thinking of enrolling, my advice do it!!! but remember its like anything you have to do it to get the benefit of it. I did and i am so glad i did. Thank you all again for being so great, helpful and accomodating in some really dark times, you have provided me with everything i need to get the career i really want. Wishing you a Happy New Year!
MA
Thank you Oxbridge!
trustpilot rating
I have just completed the CACHE Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning Level 3 and I am so pleased I chose Oxbridge for this journey. They have been competent from the start and have a very slick process in place in terms of communication with students. The tutor assigned to me was Matthew England and he has been fantastic throughout the course. Assignments were critiqued fairly and any feedback was constructive and helpful. Matthew always responded to questions asked or assignments submitted in a timely manner which was welcomed. I would certainly recommend Oxbridge to anyone looking to learn remotely as they provide a great support structure and you don't feel alone in your studies. I hope to use them again in the future as I venture into my new career as a Teaching Assistant.
MP
Helpful and knowledgeable
trustpilot rating
Craig was very helpful, he listened to what I wanted to achieve, and helped me select the best course to start me on my path.
CW
Sarah was very helpful and answered all…
trustpilot rating
Sarah was very helpful and answered all my questions thoroughly. I'm now looking forward to my call back tomorrow to enrol on a course.
R
Absolutely amazing centre and brilliant Tutor
trustpilot rating
Firstly, I would like to revisit the following paragraph in my review that I left on feefo “My tutor is also absolutely fantastic. Response times (marking, feedback and general communication) are brilliant. His subject knowledge is fantastic and his advice is so so helpful. I received a very nice welcome email from him which again was a really nice personable touch. Oxbridge really do take the "distance" out of distance learning." To echo this statement, Oxbridge have truly struck gold with Mr. Steven Cook. Working with Steven and learning from him has been a truly wonderful and priceless experience. His commitment, dedication, knowledge and resourcefulness are evident in his feedback, advice, guidance and his overall approach to teaching, learning and development. Steven has given me lots of advice throughout my programme and always answers my questions in full. Exchanging emails with Steven is always pleasant and he always manages to add a very personal and professional touch to his messages. Stevens feedback is development, motivational, critical and positive. The technique he uses to provide feedback is amazing because he manages to highlight areas that you have done very well and areas that you need to improve on in a way that motivates you to improve and gives you the confidence to press ahead with creative ideas. A craft which is not easy to obtain. Time and time again, Steven has given me both academic and industry related advice with regards to Assessing and the Education sector. I have worked with tutors in the past who don’t achieve this balance which Steven has harmonised so brilliantly. I would like to thank Steven for teaching me and guiding me through this programme. I am also extremely grateful that he is my tutor for the AET as well.
SS
Well what can I say other than wow
trustpilot rating
Well what can I say other than wow! I am so impressed with the care I have been given while in my course. The support team are fab. They really do care and understand real life happens. Special mention for Katie as she has always been my go to and nothing is ever too much trouble for her.
MK
Thank you Stacey
trustpilot rating
Dear Stacey, I just want to say a Big Thank you to you for the complimentary 6 month extension you have granted me for the counselling level 3 course which I signed up to last year. Your support, understanding and empathy means a lot and is greatly appreciated, especially throughout these very challenging times a lot of us are experiencing. You truly are Amazing and a Godsend! Kind regards Mayuri
Excellent trustpilot rating 1,393

Are you ready to change your world?

We appreciate being bold is easier said than done. This is why the team at Oxbridge aim to help you feel confident and rest assured in taking your next steps. Our friendly, knowledgeable Learning advisers are always on hand to offer you the best guidance.